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Jonas Åkerlund Directing Norwegian Black Metal Thriller

Lords Of Chaos, the 2003 nonfiction book by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind, is frequently considered to be the seminal text on black metal, even though it focuses almost entirely on a small handful of people and a series of events that transpired during a very short period of time in the early to mid… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 4, 2015 - 10:53 am

Burzum’s Varg Vikernes Arrested For “Planning A Massacre”

You can’t really be a Burzum fan without also having a lengthy, complicated, and constantly evolving justification for that opinion. The band’s sole member, Varg Vikernes, is a convicted murderer and an unrepentant, extremely vocal bigot. He’s also one of the architects of black metal, and he’s made some classic records. In 1994, he wa… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 16, 2013 - 11:09 am

10 Possible Monday Night Football Replacements For Hank Williams, Jr.

As you may have heard, country music lifer Hank Williams, Jr. has parted ways with Monday Night Football, the TV show he spent 20 years singing the intro for, just because he made a totally calm and reasonable parallel between Barack Obama and Adolf Hitler. (He also compared John Boehner to Netanyahu? Whatever.) If you… More »

By: Stereogum / October 6, 2011 - 4:24 pm

Haunting The Chapel’s Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far

Before the quibbling starts: I didn’t include YOB’s Atma because it isn’t out until August. It would be way up there. I’ve also been listening to Dragged Into Sunlight’s Hatred For Mankind quite a bit, but since it has an original release date of ’09 before Prosthetic’s 2011 reissue, I didn’t include that either. O… More »

By: brandon / June 28, 2011 - 9:48 am

Burzum – “Vanvidd” (Stereogum Premiere)

Varg Vikernes has been especially active since his release from prison in 2009: This Spring he’s unleashing Fallen, Burzum’s second post-incarceration collection, and eighth album overall. (It’s the first to have a proper North American release.) Because of his much-discussed politics, Vikernes will always have detractors, but it’s difficult to criticize his music. Fallen showcase… More »

By: brandon / February 4, 2011 - 11:55 am

Haunting The Chapel’s Top 50 Albums Of 2010

Clichés be damned — this really was a good year for metal. I had a harder time organizing a Top 10 in 2010 than ever before. Ditto the Top 20. It was such a good year that I went overboard and shifted my usual Top 30 to a Top 50. (Sure, the different between No. More »

By: brandon / December 21, 2010 - 11:58 am

A Few Chelsea Wolfe Originals (And A Burzum Cover)

L.A.’s Chelsea Wolfe composes fractured, noisy, abstract, experimental and exploratory gothy doom-folk that reminds me a bit of Portal Of Sorrow, Marissa Nadler’s collaboration with Xasthur. Maybe Zola Jesus, at least in some overall “vibe,” when she goes for the windswept. Or, weirdly, the much missed Flying Canyon. Her work, which she’s called “spiritual realm… More »

By: brandon / December 13, 2010 - 11:42 am

Haunting The Chapel No. 8

People hate Burzum. A passing mention of Varg Vikernes’ longstanding one-man black metal project is enough to kick-start a heated debate. (I know, it happened to me in a bar last night. And a few weeks ago on-line. And etc.) The issues here, of course, involve the Right Wing, Nationalistic, Racialist, Odalist, etc., views held… More »

By: brandon / March 10, 2010 - 5:36 pm

Hear Burzum’s Belus

Belus, Varg Vikernes’ first post-prison recording/first Burzum album in 11 years, is out 3/8 via Byelobog. Listen to samples at Amazon. Besides the intro/outro, he’s ditched the synthesized dark ambient and returned to black metal. (Remember, guitars weren’t allowed in prison.)… More »

By: brandon / February 4, 2010 - 1:13 pm

Haunting The Chapel No. 2

When I included “Haunting The Chapel” in the headline to my last column, I’d intended it to be a smart-ass joke regarding my inability to legally use the name “Show No Mercy” after relocating things here from Pitchfork: You know, Haunting… is the 1984 EP that followed Slayer’s 1983 debut Show No Mercy. Even though… More »

By: brandon / December 2, 2009 - 12:18 pm

Twilight Star Cast As Count Grishnackh

Varg Vikernes killed his Mayhem bandmate Euronymous in the early ’90s. That someone’s making a movie about that Norwegian black metal scene based on Lords Of Chaos is intriguing. That teen hunk Jackson Rathbone is donning corpsepaint to play Varg? Blasphemy! More »

By: brandon / May 22, 2009 - 1:43 pm

Burzum Mastermind Varg Vikernes To Be Released From Prison

After serving almost 16 years for the 1993 murder of Mayhem guitarist Oystein Aarseth (aka Euronymous) and torching some churches, Norwegian black metal legend Varg Vikernes will soon be free. Hopefully we get a reality show out of it. Read more at Blabbermouth. More »

By: brandon / March 10, 2009 - 1:36 pm